Summary: As Dolly Parton famously said in the movie Steel Magnolias, “Time marches on, and eventually you realize it’s marching across your face.” Even the best genetics or skin care routine can’t completely prevent the inevitable signs of aging that will begin to show on the face as birthdays tick by. If you’re frustrated by the lines and wrinkles and loss of firmness and volume that accompany age, you may be considering having a medical professional get involved to bring back youthful vibrancy. But before you head to a plastic surgeon for a facelift, you need to know about Thermage®, one of the most effective nonsurgical treatments to help you look younger.

The Role Collagen Plays in Aging

Understanding the role collagen plays in the skin helps explain how a lack of collagen directly contributes to the skin’s appearance. Collagen provides the supportive framework for the skin, and gives the skin firmness and fullness. As part of the skin’s natural aging process, collagen levels slowly dissipate and the skin’s underlying support structure becomes compromised. This leads to sagging, lines and wrinkles and an overall loss of skin quality. The majority of skincare products and cosmetic procedures, including facelifts, don’t address declining collagen levels.

Thermage® Gets to the Root of the Problem

Most skin rejuvenation treatments only reach the surface of the skin and don’t address the deeper layers of the dermis. Surgical procedures, such as facelifts or brow lifts, land on the opposite end of the invasive scale and involve incisions, sutures and scars in combination with a lengthy recovery period. Thermage® is unique because it improves the skin by directly increasing collagen levels in the deeper layers for a visibly younger look without surgery. As the skin ages, it loses elasticity and firmness and can look looser and saggy than it did in younger years. Thermage® targets these changes at their source in two ways to restore a fresh, firm, more youthful appearance:

  • Heat: During your treatment session, your dermatologist will use a handheld device to gently heat the skin. This heat permeates all the way down to the dermis, strengthens existing collagen and stimulating new collagen production. By effectively plumping and firming these deeper layers, Thermage® can restore that youthful fullness.
  • Radiofrequency: The handheld device simultaneously delivers radiofrequency waves which tighten and firm the skin in the treatment area, diminishing the appearance of lines and wrinkles and improving skin laxity. Following their treatment session, patients enjoy smoother, firmer skin with results that can last for several months or more.

Thermage® Isn’t Surgery

A facelift may be fairly commonplace these days, but it’s still a surgery that presents many potential risks and complications. Noninvasive anti-aging methods like Thermage® offer a wonderful alternative for patients who are concerned about having the overdone or “windblown” effect that a poorly performed facelift can sometimes produce. Thermage® naturally enhances your existing appearance in a safe, subtle, noninvasive manner. This eliminates concerns about anesthesia, which presents the highest risk factor in nearly any surgery, and also means not having to worry about the appearance of telltale scars or the hassle of post-operative incision care. Patients love having the option of seeing healthier, younger-looking looking skin in as little as one treatment session, and can easily incorporate an appointment into even the most hectic schedules for the perfect combination of convenience plus unmistakable results.

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